Skelton Beck, Saltburn River Restoration
Mar 12, 2019

The initial scope of the project was to assess the overall structural and hydro-morphological condition of the watercourse running through Saltburn Valley Gardens to identify areas of potential improvement. The project included a range of stakeholders with different influencing powers and levels of involvement. The main stakeholders are Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Saltburn Miniature Railway and the Environment Agency.

A feasibility study was undertaken to address the issue while considering the following options:

  • Do nothing
  • Use of local tree root balls to be imbedded in the bank with willow revetment
  • Use of vegetated bags with large stone revetment
  • Inclined gabion stone baskets
  • Sheet piles with coir matting, willow faggots and rock rolls

A matrix scoring each option against environmental, economic and technical criteria was created and option 5 was selected offering erosion protection, flood protection and environmental benefits.

Salburn Piling

Detailed design (in line with EuroCode 7), specification, bill of quantities, working construction drawings, 

method statement and environmental risk assessment were produced to allow the flood risk activity permit to be granted and the contractor to undertake the work. RAB Consultants provided construction supervision and consultancy throughout the construction.

Praising the work, Robert Proctor chair of Saltburn Miniature Railway, commented:  “It’s an extremely fine piece of civil engineering work that has been carried out and we are very pleased with the outcome.

The works have not only given a degree of flood protection to the Railway which we have never had before, but has also enhanced the general area and also promoted extra wildlife habitat especially for water voles."

Saltburn bank

Read the press release from Redcar and Cleveland Council here.